February 4, 2013
Oilers tough guy Eric Belanger on injury list

Eric Belanger has been placed on the injured reserve after taking a hellish shot off the foot Saturday in Denver. Oh, yeah, he also got a cut on the arm after blocking another shot. (Perry Nelson/QMI Agency)

EDMONTON - Eric Belanger has been placed on injured reserve after injuring his foot Saturday afternoon in Denver.

Belanger hobbled off the ice after blocking a slap shot from Erik Johnson in the first period, but returned to the ice a few minutes later and finished the game.

Belanger didn’t take the skate off until after the game, knowing his foot would swell up and he’d never get it back on.

He also cut his arm blocking a shot in what was a tough day all around.

The Oilers didn’t discover the injury until Sunday when the team returned to Edmonton.